Freelance Writing Business

  • Free Target Market Worksheet for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 6, 2014
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    Have you ever struggled to pinpoint the target market for your freelance writing services? If so, I have a free tool that might help. I decided to overhaul my old target market worksheet, previously only available to those who purchased my Web Writer's Guide e-book which is no longer available. I'm releasing the updated version as a freebie. You'll be able to […]
  • Weekend Resources: Freebies for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 22, 2014
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    I usually try to post a collection of articles on a chosen topic to close out our weeks here. This week I want to do something different. Rather than featuring blog posts and other reading material, I'd like to share resources -- free ones at that. Below you'll find a collection of free resources for freelance writers. These tools, templates, […]
  • 47 Things to Consider When Setting Freelance Writing Rates

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 8, 2014
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    Are you confident that you set the right freelance writing rates? Are they really helping you reach all of your financial goals? Or did you find out through trial and error that there were some factors you forgot to consider? Alicia Rades brought this topic up recently in one of the All Indie Writers forums. She wanted to know how she […]
  • Math for Freelance Writers: Why Numbers Matter in Your Writing Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 5, 2014
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    Today Yo Prinzel was kind enough to host a guest post of mine on her new blog, The Profitable Freelancer. Please stop by and check it out. Why You'll Fail at Freelancing if You Suck at Math In the post I go over three areas where math can make or break your freelance writing business, along with a few tips […]
  • 101 Resources for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 4, 2014
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    Are you interested in starting a freelance writing career? Trying to figure out where to start can be one of the biggest challenges aspiring freelance writers face. To help point you in the right direction, I've put together a list of resources for freelance writers -- tools to help you get started, build a network, learn from freelance writing colleagues, […]
  • Get Started as a Part-Time Freelance Writer: Reader Questions

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 2, 2014
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    Today I'd like to share some reader questions from a reader who preferred to remain anonymous. His questions revolve around getting started as a new freelance writer on a part-time basis. We'll call him Matt for the sake of this post. Jen Grant, whom I answered in our last reader Q&A post, asked for something similar during a Twitter conversation […]
  • 4 Elements of Effective Freelance Writing Websites

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 27, 2014
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    What are your goals for your freelance writing website? To be clear, we're talking about your professional site -- the one designed to attract clients, not your site or blog targeting other writers. Chances are that you're hoping to attract not only clients, but the right clients. You know, they're the ones who have a need in your specialty area and an […]
  • Do You Have What it Takes to be a Profitable Freelancer?

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 26, 2014
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    As a freelancer, do you just scrape by month to month? Are you struggling to earn the kind of living that would leave you truly comfortable?  If so, you might want to check out this new website from a fellow freelance writer, a good friend, and my top pick if I ever need a partner in crime -- Yolander Prinzel. […]
  • Choose the Right Freelance Writing Niche: Profit vs Passion

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 23, 2014
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    We've talked a lot about specialization as a freelance writer, why it's a good idea to specialize, and even how to choose a freelance writing specialty. But if you choose niche specialization (as opposed to focusing on specific service types), how do you know if a niche you're passionate about pays well? Do you have to choose between passion or […]
  • Things to Avoid as a New Freelance Writer

    By Johanna Martin on February 17, 2014
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    Have you ever noticed that when you look up articles on how to become a freelance writer there are several things that are the same each time? One is that most of them proclaim how easy it is. Another is that the very same articles will tell you that your best bet at success is content mills. The other is […]